Great Lakes Now

Fighting Fatbergs

Clip: Episode 15 | 9m 25s | Video has closed captioning.

In 2019, a 19-ton glob of garbage and waste clogged a southeast Michigan sewer. Called a “fatberg,” the blockage was made of fats, oils and greases bound together mainly by disposable wipes. Some of those wipes are labeled “flushable,” but research suggests they can cause big problems in sewers. Wipe-makers disagree. But Macomb County is suing to keep the word “flushable” off of wipe labels.

Aired: 06/30/20

Rating: NR

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Great Lakes Now is a local public television program presented by DPTV.